Thursday, February 27, 2020

2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge: February Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Neither Sandy nor Holly finished any series enders this month.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the February giveaway runs from February 25th - March 25th. On March 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge: January Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Sandy finished two series enders: The Map from Here to There (The Start of Me and You, # 2) by Emery Lord & The Winter Companion (Parish Orphans of Devon, # 4) by Mimi Matthews. Holly hasn't finished any series enders.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the January giveaway runs from January 25th - February 25th. On February 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.
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Monday, January 6, 2020

All Your Perfects - Review

All Your Perfects

By: Colleen Hoover

Published: July 17, 2018 by Atria Books

320 pages

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us—delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?
MY REVIEW:
The story goes between present day events and those of the past. The main characters Quinn and Graham, during scenes from the past, meet during unfortunate events and do not reconnect until later. The timing of their initial few meetings are just not right for various reasons. However, in present day events they are married and dealing with struggles, of which they are not communicating about. We do get to see happier times by seeing into their past of how they met and fell in love. The rest of the journey the reader will have to see for them self to keep this review spoiler free.

One word to describe my final thoughts with this book......relatable. It was painful to read at times due to how much I related to certain scenarios. So much of what is written in this story is just pure real-life. I love my happily-ever-afters, but lets be honest, a lot of those stories are not relatabale because they typically are not real life. This story hit deep because of how real their marriage struggles are.

My take away after finishing the story is the importance of choosing to marry someone based solely on your relationship with them. Not on what may come as a result of being married to that person. God only knows what the future holds for your marriage and it may or may not include children. Yes, you both should be open prior to getting married about whether you want children, but you also must be open about your commitment to each other whether or not you are blessed with children one day. Communication is vital in a marriage.

Though not one of my top favorites of Colleen's books, this is still a solid read.

Top Favorite Quotes:
"If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim."

"We're all full of flaws. Hundreds of them. They're like tiny holes all over our skin. And like your fortune said, sometimes we shine too much light on our own flaws."

"When you meet someone who is good for you, they won't fill you with insecurities by focusing on your flaws. They'll fill you with inspiration, because they'll focus on all the best parts of you."

No matter how much you love someone - the capacity of that love is meaningless if it outweighs your capacity to forgive.

"Our marriage hasn't been perfect. No marriage is perfect. There were times when she gave up on us. There were even more times when I gave up on us. The secret to our longevity is that we never gave up at the same time."

"How can something exist that is that magnificent and powerful without something even more magnificent and powerful creating it?"

Gratitude is born in the struggle.

I realize now that sometimes two people can lose their hope or their desire or their happiness, but losing all those things doesn't mean you've lost.

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge - Goals


This challenge is for all of you series readers who are scared to death of that last book in the series. You anxiously await it. You stalk it. You get your hands on it as soon as possible. But then…you put off reading it for fear that it might not be everything you thought it would be. Or, maybe you just have a backlog of series started and you need to finish that last book.

Join us in knocking out those pesky last books in a series. This is your chance. Here’s your motivation. Better than that, we have PRIZES!
Levels: (how many series enders you are planning to read)
Level 1: 1 – 5
Level 2: 5 – 10
Level 3: 10 – 15
Level 4: 15+

Check out the sign up post
to join!

This reading challenge is hosted by Somewhere Only We Know & Words Fueled by Love.





My 2020 Goals:

Level 1. Gotta keep my expectations real low after my reading trend in 2019. As of right now there aren't any series enders on my radar. I'm sure there's a few I'm not thinking of right now as I type this. There's definitely series I never read fully through. But my reality is that if I didn't read it when it first came out, at least within a year of its release, then I likely won't ever read it.

Monday, December 30, 2019

2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge: Sign Up

The 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge is in the books, and Sandy and I decided we're in this for yet another year.

Welcome to our 7th Annual Series Enders Reading Challenge! The rules this year are essentially the same as last year, but please be sure to check them out for a refresher.

This challenge is for all of you series readers who are scared to death of that last book in the series. You anxiously await it. You stalk it. You get your hands on it as soon as possible. But then…you put off reading it for fear that it might not be everything you thought it would be. Or, maybe you just have a backlog of series started and you need to finish that last book.

Join us in knocking out those pesky last books in a series. This is your chance. Here’s your motivation. Better than that, we have PRIZES!

Challenge Guidelines:
  1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020.
  2. Anyone can enter. You don’t have to have a blog just as long as you review your books somewhere: on your blog if you have one, Amazon, Goodreads, etc.
  3. Any genre, length, or format is acceptable as long as it is the last book in a series where all books in the series have been published and no more books are currently intended to be published in the series. If an author makes a decision somewhere during the year to add on to the series, we will count both the original last book in the series and the “new last” book in the series assuming the author isn’t going to write more than one additional book. Last book published in a series doesn’t count if more books are expected to be published.
  4. You can list your series enders ahead of time, but this is not required. If you decide to list them up front, feel free to change them throughout the year as necessary.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, please use the direct link to your post about joining the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge. If you don’t have a blog, please post about it on Facebook or Twitter and include that direct link as your sign up.
  6. You can sign up until December 15, 2020. This allows you to join the challenge at any time during the year.
  7. On the 25th of every month, we will post a wrap up on both Somewhere Only We Know and Words Fueled by Love with a linky for you to link up your reviews for the month. The monthly giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up (ex. From January 25th to February 25th). For each link to a review, you will get an (1) entry into a drawing for that giveaway. This will be open internationally. Please link each review separately as each link in the monthly wrap up linky acts as an entry in both the monthly giveaway and the grand prize giveaway at the end of the year.
  8. Monthly giveaway prizes will be an e-gift card of your choice up to $5 (USD) from Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. While the challenge and giveaways are open internationally, please make sure that you can receive e-gift cards via Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. We want to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and to receive the prizes. Please remember that Sandy and I are funding the giveaways out of our own pockets as something that we want to do, and we would like to continue to do so.
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post and giveaway, you can link your review the next month. Please do not try to link to one review twice. We will be verifying these.
  10. December will be the wrap up for the entire year. All reviews linked from January through December will be entered into a Grand Prize giveaway. Also due to Christmas, the December wrap up will post on December 23rd and will be open until January 23rd.
  11. You don’t have to follow Somewhere Only We Know or Words Fueled by Love to participate in the challenge, but you do have to follow both of us in order to be entered in the giveaways.
  12. Please make sure we have a valid email address or other means of contacting you if you choose to participate. Linking up to Goodreads is perfectly fine, but we have found that Goodreads is not a reliable source for contacting someone should you be selected as one of the monthly giveaway winners. This could be due to your Goodreads notification settings or Goodreads themselves could be at fault. We're not sure which. And since we want to make sure that everyone who is eligible for one of the giveaways will receive their prize should they win one month or the grand prize at the end of the year, it is up to you to ensure that we can contact you and that you respond within a reasonable amount of time (usually stated in the email notifying you of your winning).
Levels: (how many series enders you are planning to read)
Level 1: 1 – 5
Level 2: 5 – 10
Level 3: 10 – 15
Level 4: 15+

If you have any questions, please contact us at: Sandy's Email or Holly's Email or comment on one of the Series Enders blog posts on either or both of our websites.

To join the challenge:
  1. Write a blog post about joining the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge on your blog. For those of you who would like to participate but don’t have a blog, post about it on Facebook or Twitter.
  2. In your post, please include: the button, a link back to the sign up page, a link to both Somewhere Only We Know and Words Fueled by Love, the level you hope to achieve, and (optional) a list of the series you hope to complete.
  3. Place the button for the challenge in your sidebar (use the “grab this code” at the bottom of the post here).
  4. Link up in the linky using the direct link to your post/tweet/etc.
And that’s it! Welcome to the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge. Good luck!
This reading challenge is hosted by Somewhere Only We Know & Words Fueled by Love.



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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge: December Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since our last monthly wrap up, neither Sandy nor Holly finished any series enders.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the December giveaway runs from December 23rd - January 25th. On January 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge: November Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since our last monthly wrap up, Sandy finished Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson, # 13) by Darynda Jones.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the November giveaway runs from November 25th - December 23rd. On December 23rd we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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